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Smart Quote of the Day, April 25, 2016

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" . . . the Absolute Truth, Krishna, is good in any and all circumstances. Whether He is enjoying in the company of His devotees or killing the demons, He remains the Absolute Truth, and therefore all His pastimes are equally purifying to hear."

Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in the section entitled, "Lord Krishna's Transcendental Pastimes."

As mentioned above, hearing Krishna's pastimes is very purifying, but such hearing has to be done with the right attitude. Some persons with material vision are very much attracted to Krishna's rasa-lila--His pastimes with His cowherd girlfriends--but they do not appreciate His fighting and killing the demons. They do not know that the Absolute Truth, Krishna, is good in any and all circumstances. Whether He is enjoying in the company of His devotees or killing the demons, He remains the Absolute Truth, and therefore all His pastimes are equally purifying to hear.

Generally people go to hear the Srimad-Bhagavatam from professional reciters, who are especially fond of describing the rasa-lila. The people think, "Oh, Krishna is embracing a girl--this is very nice." At times ten thousand people will gather to hear the rasa-lila, and in this way the reciters earn a nice profit. Thus people come to think that the Srimad-Bhagavatam means the Tenth Canto, which contains the rasa-lila and other pastimes, but what they don't realize is that there are so many important instructions in the other cantos as well. Lord Krishna, the summum bonum, is described in the Tenth Canto, and the other nine cantos are especially meant for purifying the heart so that one may understand Krishna.